San Diego Air and Space Museum

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When you visit the San Diego Air and Space Museum you’ll learn about the hair-raising antics of the pioneers of flight, whose moxie made air and space travel possible. The museum is divided into several galleries, each emphasizing the contributions San Diego has made to aviation. The galleries include the Theodore Gildred Rotunda, GALILEO: Space Visionary, SPACE: Our Greatest Adventure, World War I, Golden Age of Flight, World War II, Modern Jet & Space Age, and the Edwin D. McKellar Pavilion of Flight.

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Be sure to visit these special exhibits at the San Diego Air & Space Museum:

SPACE: Our Greatest Adventure, a new educational, interactive, one-of-a-kind – and most important of all FUN! — a special exhibition exploring mankind’s quest for the stars and how space exploration impacts our daily lives. With hands-on learning experiences, selfie stations on the Moon and Mars, and informative videos and smart touch screens – SPACE: Our Greatest Adventure is an immersive experience for explorers of all ages. See the actual Apollo 9 Command Module “Gumdrop,” as well as examples of Mercury and Gemini space capsules and a complete Apollo Command Service Module. Want to land the Space Shuttle or dock it with the International Space Station? Sit in a Mercury capsule? Take a selfie next to a Mars spacesuit or see a life-size Mars rover? Take your photo on the Moon next to an Apollo astronaut? Then SPACE: Our Greatest Adventure is for you.

 American Women of Flight honors contributions to the world of aviation by women. Notable aviatrixes, such as Bessie Coleman, Jacqueline Cochran, Fran Bera, Sally Ride, and many others are featured.

Atlas Rocket Exhibit: The Museum is proud to showcase an exciting exhibit telling the story of the Atlas rocket series from the late 1950s to the present. Both graphics and videos detail the history of the project. In describing its role in the space race, the manned Mercury orbital missions, and its effect on the San Diego area. Finally its enormous successes in helping launch many space projects. Benefiting mankind in general along with lessons in rocketry and guidance.

Kids Aviation Action Hangar: This special “kids only” area has an abundance of attractions for kids of all ages. Preschoolers can enjoy magnetic toys and aviation coloring books, plus a dry erase board where they are able to sketch out their favorite airplane! Even pedal planes to whisk them around our kid-size airport. Grade school-age aviators will thrill at the “U-Fly-It” machine. A flight simulator experience in a real wind tunnel atmosphere. They’ll also enjoy a romp on our simulated moon’s surface.

Time for lunch? Head over to the Flight Path Grill, which in addition to serving great food, also offers one of the most unique views of downtown San Diego. Public transit bus route 7

Evan Mobley (amminadabz)
Evan Mobley (amminadabz)
21:35 22 Jun 22
After having seen the National Air and Space Museum in DC, this felt honestly disappointing (as someone more inclined... to the space side). My brother, a military geek, thoroughly enjoyed it, especially because they had a Japanese Zero fighter plane from WWII.If you haven't been to the Smithsonian, or you are interested in specific unusual items they have, it's a pleasant diversion. Otherwise, consider spending your time/money elsewhere in Balboa Park.read more
Gail Zittel
Gail Zittel
21:47 03 Jun 22
Fairly fun. The temporary Galileo exhibit was lots of fun since it was mostly hands on experiments beside simple... descriptions of the physics. The siege exhibit was also really cool with a simulator for landing the space shuttle and a trivia game.I'm more interested in space flights than aircraft so I spent most of my time on that section of the museum. The airplane section was a lot larger than the space exhibit so I think it could be good if you're interested in airplanes.I wasn't quite prepared for the 9/11 exhibit but it was interesting and informative.Smallish museum but we spent a couple of hours reading placards and playing with the exhibits you were allowed to.read more
Gu Lin
Gu Lin
04:01 21 May 22
A fun and enjoyable place to know the history of flying and space traveling.There is a session introducing the... starting area of modern science, which started from Copernicus, to Kepler and Galileo. It presents ways in which we know our world with more precise data and repeated experiments.Also, there are many models of various kinds of previous airplanes hanging over your head. It is interesting to watch.The part about space traveling is even better. A lot of information and very friendly staff will answer all questions you may have. They are quite knowledgeable and experienced! Kudos!read more
Theodore McColl
Theodore McColl
13:48 17 May 22
I am reviewing the Galileo exhibit only. The rest of the museum is excellent. This exhibit is the classical attack... on the Church. Galileo had two big problems in claiming the Earth orbits the sun. First he did not have an expiration of how gravity works, and he could not explain the lack of parallax. If in January. We look at the North Star then we look again in July the star should appear in a different place because the earth moved. If we look at the top of a flag pole, then 'orbit ' over to the other side the top will be in a different place. Galileo had no explanation for the lack of this. Today we have tools and can measure it. Back then nobody realized how far away the stars are. This easy test of Galileo's hypothesis is why many did not believe his conclusion. For more on his trial search Galileo Rocky Kolb. The exhibit did not address these and took the lazy, easy way out and blamed the Church.read more
Michael Wells
Michael Wells
01:58 15 Feb 22
Very cool. Always fun to geek out on stuff like this, and they have put on a good show here. Added bonus is that the... flight simulator was only $8 a person, it's twice that price at the USS Midway. Excellent experience all around, and we'll be going back!read more
Rob S
Rob S
10:03 14 Feb 22
Honestly, I was expecting more and better. The signs labeling the different species, a lot of them are not really... legible and there isn't a lot of them. I have been to several botanical gardens that have been better, better labeled and Etc. I did expect more flowers but most of the plants were not flowering and there was no specific flower displays which I normally expect in a Botanical Garden. They displayed more native species which aren't really suited to floral displays so I can only rate this three stars.read more
surgioramon
surgioramon
16:27 30 Jan 22
I was pretty happy with this museum considering the relatively smaller size of it. It contained very pristine aircraft... and was well designed with a nice layout. There is an outside patio that you come across along the tour. You can grab a bite from a limited menu and eat in the open air. I left feeling that there could have been more but I'm happy it exists to experience. Enter with the right expectations and you'll be happy with your decision. Enjoy if you decide to take the journey.read more
James
James
02:23 28 Jan 22
What a great museum. It was perfect for adults and for kids. There were lots of displays, plenty of information... available, and interactive games and experiences available to break things up a bit. We really enjoyed this museum, and wished we could have spent a couple of more hours here. We spent about 2 hours here in total, but probably could have spent about 4 or more.read more
Heironymus de Medina (Heironymus de Medina)
Heironymus de Medina (Heironymus de Medina)
18:37 15 Jan 22
Took grandkids thinking I could ditch them for a while by hiding in restroom. Instead I found the entire museum... fascinating. Five year old granddaughter loved it. It’s a whole day walk through mind you and worth every minute. Take good walking shoes 👟read more
Edmund Rose
Edmund Rose
23:35 31 Dec 21
Densely packed museum with lots of treasures. The museum is well designed for a relatively small space giving visitors... a logical path around the exhibits. The space displays contain actual craft, replicas, and interactive stations. There is a large World War One area with aircraft from various countries. The WW2 displays aren't large but there are some greens like a reconstructed Corsair and several engines from that time period. Plan on at least 2 hours to take it all in. Parking is free but very limited on buddy days.read more
Douglas Prodor
Douglas Prodor
21:10 09 Dec 21
The Whaley house was an incredible sight to see. We packed all 18 of our selves in the large chambers and were... encapsulated by Emily Rose’s incredible tour guiding. Emily’s wit and story telling establishes the true horrors that the Whaley Family experienced. For returning one local (myself) and a non SD native, we were both taken away by the beautiful rooms and chilling tales of the Whaley House.read more
Morgan Kelps
Morgan Kelps
00:50 29 Nov 21
One of the better museums in Balboa Park for kids. They have a rotating exhibit that changes about once every three... months that my kids inevitably love. Very hands on museum, depending on the age probably about 2-3 hours of timeread more
Britani D.
Britani D.
06:03 28 Nov 21
Fantastic museum full of more information than can be consumed in one day. There are exhibits and activities for all... members of the family. In addition to the "walk, look and read"-type displays, there is a 3D-4D movie theater and a kid's area for younger museum goers to enjoy. Tickets aren't cheap, however if you're a San Diego resident and frequent Balboa park visitor, the Explorer Pass might be a better baby for the buck.read more
Richard “The Food Doctor” Guthrie
Richard “The Food Doctor” Guthrie
21:38 08 Oct 21
This is a really fun and worthwhile attraction, with lots of aviation, space, military, and other American history. Our... entire family loved it! Plus they have 4D movies and realistic flight simulators! Would highly recommend this attraction if you're in Balboa Park, or otherwise looking for something to do in SD especially on a rainy day.read more
RACHEL Wesler
RACHEL Wesler
02:15 06 Oct 21
Very interactive! I recommend 2-3 hours mid-morning during the week. Super great museum for small groups or homeschool... events. Staff are scattered throughout and know a TON of info about the exhibits, ask questions and have fun!read more
Kara Johnston
Kara Johnston
01:43 18 Aug 21
We had a blast at this museum! The best part was the tour guide by the WW2 planes. I believe his name was Verne. He was... very knowledgeable, sweet & made my two daughters laugh while learning.There is tons of great pieces of history here. If you haven't visited, you should!read more
Benjamin Le
Benjamin Le
23:29 12 Aug 21
A wonderful place to learn about the history of aviation from the first plane to space flights. Took my nieces here. ... Showed them there are many women pioneers who helped pave the way for others in the field. There are many activities here for people of all ages to enjoy and learn. Plan to spend 2 to 3 hours at least to learn about the amazing history of aviation.read more
Sal Piazza
Sal Piazza
15:27 07 Aug 21
Great museum with lots to see. We enjoyed many of the interactive exhibits, including the “landing the space shuttle”... simulator. The staff was friendly and informative, providing additional information on specific exhibits throughout. Excellent for kids and adults, highly recommended.read more
Cara Good
Cara Good
21:39 02 Aug 21
For a small area, the curators have done such a great job providing exhibits about the history of aviation. My son... loved it! Offer annual membership for active duty/retired families plus guests for $109. We will be going back!read more
Glenn
Glenn
17:46 13 Jul 21
I love Space..the journey out of this world to the next. I grew up with Mercury, Gemini and Apollo and any time I can... see some artifacts from that time I jump at the chance. To see the Apollo 9 Command Module, Neil Armstrong’s space suit and other memorabilia was great. Oh, did I mention they also have a tremendous amount of early aeronautics too?! See the Spirit of St Louis replica and the jet Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in…worth the mo EY (and the time!!)read more
Cam Cam
Cam Cam
00:19 03 Jul 21
Love this place! Fun for people of all ages. The volunteers were so kind and helpful! Will definitely be coming back,... lots more to see.read more
Wyatt Smith
Wyatt Smith
02:51 01 Jun 21
This was a good museum, I really enjoyed my time here, the space section was pretty impressive for such a small museum.... Some of the planes are scale models but they are still impressive. The focus is primarily on planes before 1950 however there are some newer planes at the end of the tour. There are some very interesting early planes that I have not seen previously. It reminds me a smaller WWI and WWII hanger section at the National Museum of the USAF. I would highly recommend going here for a quick tour for those that love aviation. The WWI section was impressive as was the HO229 model.read more
Brittany Holloway
Brittany Holloway
02:03 18 May 21
This place sure is a fun place to go! My family had a blast! Perfect for anyone. Their flight simulators are open too!... My husband had a blast in those with the kids 😂read more
Lisa Cantu King
Lisa Cantu King
00:38 02 May 21
It was so nice to see this museum open. The once free for all is now organized to have the crowd flow through out. You... do not miss anything.A new auto greeter starts you off and I swear he looked right at me, lol.A few free simulation machines in the middle and at the end simulation machine to let you experience a jet or older plane. Quite reasonable at least than $10 each.Go with friends and family or go alone, you will not regret it!read more
Allen Worth
Allen Worth
23:31 23 Apr 21
Very informative docents... Been wanting to go for years. Even though im disabled the place is very accommodating...
Geo Curtis
Geo Curtis
05:14 23 Apr 21
I always love checking out this Museum. They have an A-12 on display outside (the predecessor to the SR-71).Definitely... give this Museum a visit the next time you find yourself in Balboa Park...read more
Anais Gradilla
Anais Gradilla
21:48 20 Apr 21
So much fun! Even though we needed to wear masks at all times it was enjoyable. Lots of great aircrafts to look at.
Nick Nennig
Nick Nennig
21:17 19 Apr 21
George the tour guide really made are trip unique and special! He very knowledgeable and had funny jokes along the way.... “The plane that played cricket!” Would highly recommend seeing George when you visit the establishment. Well worth the money !Thanks George!read more
Chris Kalev
Chris Kalev
18:20 06 Apr 21
What a FANTASTIC place to visit! SO much history. SO many faces of aviation on the walls! The facemasks on the statues... was a hilarious added touch..LOLread more
Gavin Zau
Gavin Zau
22:04 02 Apr 21
Nice museum full of old airplanes and space age. It is a bit expense at $22 to enter. You can always take a photo of... the black bird out frontread more
Robert Bixby
Robert Bixby
21:50 27 Mar 21
Pretty good. That's all I've got. My favorite part was the PSA exhibit.
Kenneth Kraft
Kenneth Kraft
21:01 25 Mar 21
Fascinating! Go see Verne for an in depth experience to understand engineering and all sorts of fun facts & stories!
Victoria Baker (EasySnacks)
Victoria Baker (EasySnacks)
08:57 21 Mar 21
The exhibits are amazing. Lots of great displays and different aircraft. Also have multiple interactive cockpits and... planes to get into. And if you need lunch or an ice cream there’s a great cafe in the Hall of Champions!!read more
Corey Ramsey
Corey Ramsey
04:35 21 Mar 21
Great place. Try the simulator and prepare to really fly a plane. Keeps you on edge.
Siddharth Kamdar
Siddharth Kamdar
21:07 09 Mar 21
Very good specially for kids. View from the sky is amazing as well.
Sobreena Alfeché
Sobreena Alfeché
09:53 22 Jan 21
Better than Tacomas museum of flight! I liked this museum alot and will definitely encourage people to come and look.... I had an amazing time thereread more
Joshua Writer
Joshua Writer
00:29 11 Nov 20
First time I visited this museum and wow it had some cool stuff inside. A ton of history with lots of reading... materials, plaques, and videos.This museum is also free for san Diego county residents on Tuesday. Look it up on Google to see what other museums are free.read more
Brandon Carter
Brandon Carter
05:59 08 Nov 20
Great place to see the history of airplanes, but not too many exhibits on space. A good history of flight and an... interesting place to spend an hour of your day in Balboa park.read more
Kris Scotten
Kris Scotten
19:41 17 Oct 20
This is a great place for a home schooling history/science lesson and/or field trip. To my pleasant surprise... Kids... were free right now. And it's not super crowded like the zoo.read more
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